BP278 - Bachelor of Health Science/Bachelor of Applied Science (Chinese Medicine)

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Plan: BP278HSDD - Bachelor of Health Science/Bachelor of Applied Science (Chinese Medicine)
Campus: Bundoora Campus


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Bachelor of Health Science/Bachelor of Applied Science (Chinese Medicine)
Award abbreviation: BHSc/BAppSc(ChinMed)
Total credit points: 480
Career: UGRD
Duration: 5 years Full Time
Location: Onshore, Bundoora Campus
Owning school: Health and Biomedical Sciences (173H)
Owning school URL: www.rmit.edu.au/about/schools-colleges/health-and-biomedical-sciences
ASCED code: 061905
CRICOS code: 077042J

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Purpose of the Program

The overall objective of the Bachelor of Health Science / Bachelor of Applied Science (Chinese Medicine) double degree program is to prepare you to become a professionally competent and responsible Chinese Medicine practitioner who is eligible to be registered by the CMRB/CMBA. The Program also aims to provide you with the qualifications necessary to become a member of Chinese medicine professional associations.

The program is designed as a holistic, integrated five-year sequence, which will skill you for entry into the Chinese Medicine profession. It is not possible to exit the program with a single three year degree in either Health or Applied Science.

The final year of the program prepares you for employment with capstone courses COTH2129 Supervised Clinical Practice 2 and COTH2042 Clinical Internship.This combination of theoretical knowledge, practical skills, clinical experience and recognised qualifications aims to prepare you for a career in Chinese medicine which may involve independent practice, employment in a multi-discipline health care clinic, teaching and/or research.

You will be provided with opportunities to employ the knowledge and skills in acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine that you acquire from this program in clinical practice at the RMIT Teaching Clinic. In addition, during the internship you will experience practice in a public hospital in China and acquire skills in the management of a wide range of disorders. Fluency in the Chinese language is not a requirement for this Internship practicum.

This program is offered in face-to-face mode (on campus), with support for flexible learning where appropriate.  While most courses in the program are delivered on campus, others are delivered online.


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Articulation and pathways

If you successfully complete the BP278, Bachelor of Health Science / Bachelor of Applied Science (Chinese Medicine) you may be eligible to apply for the MC024 Master of Applied Science (Acupuncture) program or the Master by Research.  These awards may lead to eligibility to apply for a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). Speak to your Program Manager or refer to the RMIT website for further information.

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Entrance requirements

BP278 Bachelor of Health/Science/Bachelor of Applied Science (Chinese Medicine) will be discontinued and will no longer accept new students after Semester 1 2023.

Program entry requirements

Successful completion of an Australian Year 12 senior secondary certificate of education or equivalent.  

For information on international qualifications and corresponding entry requirements that are equivalent to Australian academic entry requirements, see the Country equivalents web page.

Inherent requirements

Please refer to RMIT Inherent requirements for further details:



Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) prerequisite units 3 and 4 — a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in any other English.

English language requirements

A minimum IELTS (Academic module) overall score of 6.5, with no band below 6.0; or equivalent.   

For equivalents to English entry requirements, see the English equivalents web page.


Police Check: Students must provide evidence of a successful National Police Records Check before undertaking clinical components of this course.

Working with Children Check: Students must hold a Working with Children Check before undertaking clinical components of this course.

Failure to obtain satisfactory checks may result in students being unable to complete this course.

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External accreditation and industry links

The Bachelor of Health Science /  Bachelor of Applied Science (Chinese Medicine) double degree program is designed as a primary qualifying undergraduate program in Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine that provides you with the knowledge and skills you require for entry into the Chinese medicine profession.  
Upon graduation you will be eligible to gain membership with the following Associations:

National registration of Chinese Medicine practitioners (including acupuncturists, Chinese herbal medicine practitioners and herbal medicine dispensers) was introduced in 1 July 2012.  This program is approved by the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia (CMBA).

RMIT's Discipline of Chinese Medicine has engaged in extensive consultation in the development of its programs since their inception in 1993. Senior Chinese Medicine staff at RMIT have made significant contributions to the achievement of registration for Chinese Medicine practitioners in Victoria and nationally and have been active in the development of educational and practice guidelines following extensive consultation periods. Consultation has also been conducted through the RMIT Chinese Medicine Industry Advisory Committee and major professional associations throughout the program development process.

In addition, RMIT University has established an extensive network of practitioners and public hospitals for you to experience clinical observation during your studies and/or undertake part of your clinical practicum.

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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

Resources available from the Library

RMIT Library provides extensive resources, services and study space. All RMIT students have access to scholarly resources including course related material, books, e-books, journals and databases.

One-on-one study support is available for assistance with assignment preparation, academic writing, referencing, maths and study skills. To contact Library staff for help, phone, email or chat via the Ask the Library service.

For recommended texts and databases relevant to Chinese Medicine, refer to https://rmit.libguides.com/chinese-medicine

You can find more information on Library resources and services at: http://www.rmit.edu.au/library

IT and Wireless

If you have a laptop or other wireless-enabled device you can connect to RMIT’s fast Wi-Fi. While on campus, no matter how you work or where you work, you’re able to connect, collaborate and create using this secure network. In addition, with myDesktop, you can access your RMIT desktop and applications from home or wherever you have an internet connection.

Online learning tools and content

As a student in this program you may access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses from the student portal https://www.rmit.edu.au/students

Learning services available to you as a student at RMIT

RMIT provides a wide range of resources and opportunities to assist your learning and wellbeing so you can achieve your study and career goals. Services are available face to face and online assisting with:

  • transition to tertiary study and learning
  • study skills, academic skills including literacy, mathematics and basic sciences if relevant
  • enabling assistance if you have a disability, long term medical condition or other form of disadvantage which may impact on your learning
  • career development and employment
  • living and wellbeing (including advice on health, housing and financial matters)
  • opportunities for scholarships, leadership and study abroad
  • opportunities for participating in arts, sport, recreation, fitness activities as well as student activism and university governance

We also offer a friendly and supportive environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. You can find more information at: https://www.rmit.edu.au/students/support-services/indigenous.

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